THE WHITE HOUSE: Pleasures-and Perils-of Populism

In 1934, Franklin D. Roosevelt raced through the streets in an open touring car on his way to someplace else, and in 1952 Harry Truman actually stopped off to campaign for Adlai Stevenson. But nothing like this had ever happened before to Clinton, Mass., and the residents of the old factory town 36 miles west of Boston were doing their best to get ready for the momentous day. They swept the streets, hosed down the red brick storefronts, and slapped a coat of paint on the interior of the town hall, where the...

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